A taste of things to come...
My Movie Year with Mike Shaw
So you’ve had the list of my favourite films of the last 12
months, and now it’s time for my most anticipated movies of
Last year, my list featured a handful of things that ended up
not being released at all, and a couple of those make a
reappearance on this list. But, we’ll begin with an all-new
Man of Steel
Superman Returns sucked. Let’s make no bones about it. However,
since 2006 we’ve had Iron Man, The Avengers, Watchmen and The Dark
Knight which all showed that superhero movies can stay true to a
beloved character but offer something new. This revamped Superman
has a solid team behind it, including Christopher Nolan (Batman) on
story and Zack Snyder (Watchmen) directing, and I think it might
finally drag Supes into the 21st century.
This was on the list last year, and amazingly, not much more has
emerged about this ultra-secret project over the last 12 months.
Children of Men writer/director Alfonso Cuaron’s next film stars
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts, living in a
dilapidated space station, unsure about whether they’ll ever be
able to get home. Test screening audiences are throwing out words
like “masterpiece”, with one viewer claiming: “This is next level…
this is like if Avatar had been released in 1927 a week after The
Jazz Singer. People won’t know how to comprehend what they are
More sci-fi on the list, this time from Neill Blomkamp, the
South African writer/director behind District 9. Once again
starring Blomkamp’s childhood friend, Sharlto Copley, like District
9, Elysium is another parable about government’s treatment of
immigrants. Also starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, the film
looks at what happens when Earth is ruined, leaving most of
humanity to struggle while the elite live on a luxury
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The original Sin City was my favourite film of 2005, and this
sequel promises to recreate the monochromatic violence of its
predecessor. Directed again by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez,
most of the cast are returning for this follow-up, including Clive
Owen, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Mickey Rourke. Fingers
crossed A Dame to Kill For can reach the same, ultra-violent levels
as the first part.
This film should already be with us, but following the cinema
shootings in Aurora in July, it was pushed back from August to
January 2013. Telling the story of LAPD detectives who take the law
into their own hands, as they attempt to keep the city free from
gangsters, the film has a great cast, with Josh Brolin, Ryan
Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn. It’s got a grounding in reality,
too; the movie is based on a seven-part LA Times article and it has
been scripted by a former LAPD police officer.
Huge monsters versus gigantic robots – Pacific Rim sounds like a
dumb action film, but the fact Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth,
Hellboy) is behind the wheel makes it automatically one to look out
for. Hunt down the trailers to see just how massive and mental this
film is going to be.
The Great Gatsby
Another refugee from last year’s list, my excitement for The
Great Gatsby has only increased. One of my favourite books, adapted
by one of my favourite directors and starring one of my favourite
actors. Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann brings his inimitable
style to F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story, with Leonardo DiCaprio
as his lead. Footage released so far shows how Luhrmann has
employed his trademark hyper-kinetic style and it looks
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Proving that films based on teen-novels don’t have to be
dreadful, the first Hunger Games film was better than anyone
expected and catapulted its star Jennifer Lawrence into the A list.
Catching Fire has a different director (Francis Lawrence) so the
film will hopefully look different, as we see how Katniss Everdeen
moves from player to rebel.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Will Ferrel’s greatest comic creation is back in cinemas this
year. It is believed the plot of the new movie will see the news
team get to grips with the increased equality and the advent of
rolling news and the 24-hour news cycle. Along with previous
co-stars Vince Vaughn and Paul Rudd there will be new cast members,
including Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig.
Although his work recently has been terrible, I will always root
for M Night Shyamalan because he was responsible for Unbreakable
(one of my all-time favourites), and After Earth may well be his
return to form. Starring Will Smith (who is massively bankable and
doesn’t appear in duff films), the tale is of a crash landing that
leaves a teenager (Jaden Smith) and his father stranded on Earth,
1,000 years after humanity left the planet. Big themes, big names
and a big budget.
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